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Flyers name North Dakota's Dave Hakstol new head coach

Written by The Associated Press | May 18, 2015 10:04 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Former North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol instructs his players in a face-off drill during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston, April 8, 2015.

(Philadelphia) -- The Philadelphia Flyers made a surprise pick for their head coach, hiring University of North Dakota's Dave Hakstol today.

The 46-year-old Hakstol spent the last 11 seasons at North Dakota. He went 289-143-43 with a .654 winning percentage in 475 games.

In 2014-15, he led North Dakota to a 29-10-3 record with a .726 winning percentage and a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.

North Dakota made the NCAA Tournament in every one of Hakstol's 11 seasons and reached the Frozen Four seven times in that span, which is the most of any program in the country during that period.  

Flyers general manager Rox Hextall fired coach Craig Berube at the end of the season after he failed to lead them to the playoffs.

The Flyers have not won a Stanley Cup since 1975.

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